Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

WV State News

August 26, 2013

2 officers named in W.Va. indictment face lawsuits

CHARLESTON — Two police officers named in a federal indictment against a Mingo County judge are accused in federal court cases with other alleged misconduct.

The Charleston Gazette reports West Virginia State Police Trooper Brandon Moore and Gilbert Police Officer Nathan Glanden are accused in separate federal lawsuits with beating criminal suspects.

Federal prosecutors accused both officers of helping Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury attempt to frame his romantic rival for drug possession, larceny and assault. Thornsbury has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy charges. Neither Moore nor Glanden were charged.

Moore has been suspended pending an internal state police investigation. As of Friday, Glanden remained at work, but neither he nor Gilbert Police Chief Michael Rasmussen returned telephone calls seeking comment.

Attempts to find a telephone number for Moore were unsuccessful.

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